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Crime Comparison: How events and holidays measure up

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Larceny and vandalism continue to be the top crimes committed during holiday weekends.

Crime can happen at any time, but many people believe certain events bring more criminal activity to cities like Myrtle Beach.

As the city prepares for a large crowd during this holiday weekend, WMBF News Reporter Stephanie Robusto looked at how other holidays, including Memorial Day Weekend, compare.

There is a constant focus on the crime surrounding Memorial Day Weekend. However, police reports from the Myrtle Beach Police Report show criminal activity is down significantly this year compared to last.

Comparing that holiday weekend to the Carolina Country Music Festival just weeks later, you may be surprised. There were more assaults, DUIs and cases of vandalism during that first weekend in June.

So, do these events bring more crime? Or perhaps it is a constant concern within city limits during any night of any weekend.

Stephanie compiled reports from each event to break down the number and type of calls Myrtle Beach Police respond to for that answer.

Take the same weekend last year that the music festival fell on. During a four-day period, there were pretty much the same number of people in town for both weekends. There was also a similar number of larcenies and DUIs. However, there were more cases of drugs and robberies during the year without the event.

Click here to view a chart with a complete breakdown on the number of various crimes committed over the latest event and special event periods in Myrtle Beach.

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